Project Details

Title: REgional exchanges and policy making for protecting and valorising biodiVERSity in Europe
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage (including air quality)

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €2,477,946.95
ERDF contribution: €1,935,848.38

Lead partner

Hôtel de Région, 14 rue François de Sourdis
33077, Bordeaux

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    • Contact Person: Olivier Degos
      Phone: 05 57 57 80 00
      Fax: 05 56 24 72 80

Project summary

Ecosystems have gradually been converted through the expansion of human activities and the introduction/invasion of new species. As a result, species and genetic diversity have declined.

Regional and local authorities can organise land planning and regulate human activities in order to preserve biodiversity (natural area protection, greens corridors, conservation and valorisation of species and varieties,...).

REVERSE aims to improve, by means of interregional cooperation, the effectiveness of regional development policies in the area of biodiversity conservation and valorisation, in order to REVERSE biodiversity loss on their territories.

Partners will exchange experiences and knowledge on biodiversity conservation and valorisation measures.

Less experienced regions will be invited to match more experienced ones on a win-to-win basis.

Project's activities will focus on identifying the best good practices in each partner's territory,

which will then be presented during site visits and interregional seminars, in the field of land planning and natural heritage conservation measures, of uses of biodiversity for adapting to climate change, and of sustainable management of biodiversity.

Identified good practices will be made available for transfer to other regional and local authorities through a good practice guide, presenting appropriate themes, territories, partners, indicators for biodiversity conservation across Europe.


Specific recommendations and an action plan for reversing biodiversity loss will enable to transfer the project's results into regional policies.

Result dissemination to general public and policy makers will contribute to create an interregional network for conserving and valorising biodiversity, open to non partner stakeholders.


The Leader partner - the Regional Council of Aquitaine (Fr), Umbria Region (It), Basque Government (Sp), Region of Bremen (De), Region of Murcia (Sp), Region of East

Macedonia and Thrace [former PP8 Prefectoral authority of Drama-Kavala-Xanthi](Gr), and the Regional Prefecture Forest Directorate of Chania (Gr) will cooperate in order to provide good practices and recommendations for reversing biodiversity loss. The regional agency for the development and innovation of agriculture in Lazio (It), Bio d’Aquitaine (Fr) – a public law body involved in organic farming, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Gr) will be in charge of identifying good practices of biodiversity conservation in link with economic activities. The Bremerhaven Technology-Transfer-Centre (De), the Research Institute of Plant Production Piestany (Slovaquia), the Regional Natural Areas Conservatory of Aquitaine (Fr) and the Estonian University of Life Sciences will provide tools and expertise. The Executive Agency of the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria (Bg) remain a partner of REVERSE project but this partner has no active involvment in the project.

Project achievements

REVERSE project aims to promote biodiversity at European scale, by favouring positive action in territories. It consists in an exchange of experiences between 14 European Partners involved in the protection of biodiversity. It focuses on 3 key topics: Agriculture, Tourism and Land planning. By the end of 2012, the planned outputs were produced and disseminated. They provide relevant tools to European and regional decision-makers and operators to better take account of biodiversity into their policies.

1)A good practice book gathering 47 regional case studies in Europe, for enhancing biodiversity and boosting economic development;

2) In each topic, Agriculture, Tourism and Land planning, a joint charter including a legal context, a set of policy recommendations and a related action plan, dedicated to European policy-makers;

3)A commitment charter, summarising all sector recommendations into one synthesis, to be signed by authorities and individuals committed in favour of biodiversity.

On the 1st topic “Agriculture and Biodiversity” the context is the following one: The conservation of biological diversity is a decisive factor in agricultural activities. At the core of the various biological processes utilised by agriculture, biodiversity allows farmers to produce foodstuff and non-food products as well as services. Conversely, the evolution of agricultural activity in certain cases enriches biodiversity. It creates and maintains special ecosystems and habitats (mosaic of cultivated fields, hedges, ditches) providing refuge and food for flora and fauna and micro-fauna.

Example of good practices on this thematic:1)Dynamic conservation of AgroBiodiversity, 2)Protection of autochthonous genetic resources of agricultural interest, 3)Microbial biodiversity as environmental indicator.



On the 2nd topic “Tourism and Biodiversity” the context is as follows: A better consideration of biodiversity in tourism practices can be positive for both species and ecosystems and for public and private stakeholders dealing with tourism by enhancing attractiveness and competitiveness of destinations.

Example of good practices on this thematic:1)Events and tour to enhance tourism & heighten public awareness of biodiversity, 2)Tourism based on agro biodiversity, 3)Management of natural areas: Plant Micro-Reserves


On the 3rd topic “Land Planning and Biodiversity” here is the context : Policies on wildlife protection and the implementation of threatened wildlife species conservation plans, just as the establishment of protected areas, need to be complemented with global approach and measures into the territory. It must include the whole territory and its ecological functionality, which is very influenced by change of land-uses, which are of the most important threats to biodiversity.

Example of good practices on this thematic:1)Designating Green Network at county level, 2)Ecological and landscape connectivity strategy, 3)Local strategy “to promote the attractiveness of an area by enhancing landscapes" taking into account biodiversity.


All these documents are available at


On top of these originally planned outputs, almost all Partners have proposed to adapt the European recommendations (from the 3 joint charters) to their regional scale in order to create new perspectives for local policies. These recommendations have also been summarised in a commitment charter to be signed.


In September 2012, a closing conference was organized in Brussels to share the joint outputs of the project and to raise awareness of European officials about biodiversity in sectoral policies. In addition, Partners organised closing events at regional level to disseminate Reverse European charters and regional ones. 219 commitment charters were signed.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
REGIONAL COUNCIL OF AQUITAINE, Bordeaux FRANCE Aquitaine 05 57 57 80 00
Region Umbria, Perugia ITALY Umbria 390755045176
Regional Natural Areas Conservatory of Aquitaine, PAU FRANCE Aquitaine 0033 5 59 32 79 57
Plant Production Research Center-Research Institute of Plant Production Piestany, PIESTANY SLOVAKIA Bratislavsky kraj 421 33 77 22 311
Estonian University of Life Sciences, TARTU ESTONIA Eesti 3727313506
Murcia Region DG for Environment, MURCIA SPAIN Región de Murcia 0034 968 228894/95
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete GREECE Kriti 30-28210-35035
Executive environment agency at the Ministry of environment and water -Bulgaria, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden 35929406478
Technology Transfer Centre Bremerhaven- (ttz Bremerhaven), Bremerhaven GERMANY Bremen 49 (0)471 4832 -140
Bio d'Aquitaine, BORDEAUX FRANCE Aquitaine 0033 (0)5 56 81 37 70
Basque Government-Department of Environment and Regional planning-biodiversity and environmental participation office, Vitoria-Gasteiz SPAIN País Vasco 0034 945 016957
ARSIAL -Regional Agency for the Development and the Innovation of Agriculture in Lazio, Rome ITALY Lazio (+39) 06 86273481
The Senator for Environment, Building and Traffic, Bremen GERMANY Bremen 49 (0)421 361 6660
Region of East Macedonia and Thrace, Komotini GREECE Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki 0030 25413 50394


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